07 November 2005

The Comedy Canon?

John Scalzi
has started another movie meme, this time not sci-fi but rather, comedy. According to the Rough Guide to Comedy Movies by Bob McCabe, here are the best comedy movies of all time. Rules for the meme: bold the ones you've seen and asterik the ones you own. (I don't actually own any so that was easy.)

All About Eve
Annie Hall
The Apartment
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Blazing Saddles
Bringing Up Baby

Broadcast News
Le diner de con
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Duck Soup
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Four Weddings and a Funeral

The General
The Gold Rush
Good Morning Vietnam
The Graduate
Groundhog Day

A Hard Day's Night
His Girl Friday
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Lady Killers
Local Hero
Monty Python's Life of Brian
National Lampoon's Animal House

The Odd Couple
The Producers
Raising Arizona

Shaun of the Dead
A Shot in the Dark
Some Like it Hot
Strictly Ballroom
Sullivan's Travels
There's Something About Mary
This is Spinal Tap

To Be or Not to Be
Toy Story

Les vacances de M. Hulot
When Harry Met Sally...
Withnail and I

Now, the remainder of the meme.
Films whose presence in the canon I'm particularly gratified to see (pick up to five): Bringing up Baby, Some Like it Hot
Films that should not be in the canon (pick up to five): Groundhog Day and Tootsie. They aren't so much funny as completely nervewracking.
Films I'd pick to replace them (up to five): Adam's Rib, Spaceballs


At Monday, November 07, 2005 3:05:00 PM, Blogger John Scalzi said...

One clarification: I posted the list, but the person who created it was Bob McCabe, author of The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies.

At Monday, November 07, 2005 4:12:00 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Duly clarified!


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